According to its rapid consumption, its quality is also evident. When Hubert Beatson-Hird and Oliver Marlowe brought The Hunter’s Moon to South Kensington people raved about its chic dining room, daily-changing menu and yummy wine list.
So it comes as no surprise that the men behind the magic opened up a second restaurant – Ganymede – to revel in the same levels of success.
This delightful bar and dining room are set amongst the upmarket atmosphere of Belgravia’s Ebury Street, and it’s a niche little find that feels perfect for a family dinner or an after-work aperitif in the small but lively bar area.
The Ganymede Belgravia, named after the largest moon of Jupiter, is all about British cuisine by the hand of Head Chef Daniel Mertl’s.
The interiors, by Novo Design, reflect this, booming with quintessential British bits and bobs like brass lamps, deep green banquettes and wooden chairs, and offset by more modern touches like sky-reaching indoor plants.
Through the mix, it manages to feel both cosy and airy and it made for a nice dining setting. Another admirable aspect is the separation between the dining area and bar, with steps down to the more ‘serious’ area of the evening.
No detail has been ignored, as seen by the lavatories, which depict a scene from Ganymede’s mythology.
Gulps of wine and bottles pop ring out through the halls of the Ganymede Belgravia like music to your evening.
Diners can feast on an extensive menu, with daily-changing food that tries not to be pretentious, despite the SW1 postcode.
Seating 55, you don’t need to crane your neck too much to have a gander as the dishes go by and the eclectic menu does make it hard to pinpoint which three courses you’ll have.
Starters and Drinks
Warmer climes had finally graced us when I ventured to Ganymede, so fingers were crossed for the menu delivering fresh and light options.
Immediately, the sashimi of sea bream had me at hello! It was just the ticket to start a meal on a hot evening, mixing unique ingredients of mojo sauce, fresh jalapeño with spring peas and yuzu – so light, so tasty and I didn’t find it had too much of a kick (although I do have a penchant for spice!) I was told by my dining companion that the chicken ravioli was also a must.
To give you a flavour of the menu, there’s also the likes of risotto with cuttlefish and goat’s cheese tartlet up for grabs as starters. I fell in love with my blood orange margarita too. While my dining companion went el clásico with Aperol, I’d like to think I pushed boundaries with my choice and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it was served with its zingy, punchy flavour and got the dinner rolls.
If you’re in the mood for an aphrodisiac, there is also the option to slurp back half a dozen rock oysters. When in Ganymede, after all!
I ordered fish with seaweed gnocchi, young leeks, pickled cucumber, chive, and caviar beurre blanc. It may seem like a lot to unpack, but it was a nice, not-too-large main course. I broke my no caffeine after 2 pm rule by pairing it with an espresso martini. But when in Ganymede you feel the need to be that little bit boujee.
Other appealing mains include a beef rib, guinea chicken breast, lamb saddle, and handmade tagliatelle.
Because of this, the menu’s design emphasizes locally produced, seasonal ingredients. Some don’t seem like they’ll work, but they do, and the staff can explain every dish.
That’s right, we didn’t want you to miss out on dessert! There was even an option for my all-time favourite dessert on the menu. Drum roll please… spiced pineapple carpaccio with kaffir lime and coconut. Given it comes up trumps on my dessert list, it had some work to do to impress my palette.
It was among the top five pineapple carpaccios I’ve tasted. My eating buddy ordered bitter chocolate and dulche de leche pastry that looked fantastic.
According to its rapid consumption, its quality is also evident.
The Ganymede Belgravia is a cosy site for a winter red wine and feast, and its environment is magnificent in summer. All in all, a charming experience.
There is an abundance of restaurants in London that provide various mixes of the most traditional British cuisines. Check out our review of The Residency restaurant London as an example; it will undoubtedly be interesting!
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✔️ Overall Rating – 9/10
🌿 Vegetarian option available
👨🍳 Our Expert: Lottie Hulme